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Obituary
February 2002

A Memoriam to a Scientist and Visionary in Service of the World: Donald J. Cohen, MD (1940-2001)

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2002;59(2):183-184. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.59.2.183

Psychiatry begins and ends with our patients—with their diseases and dysfunctions, their biographies and aspirations—which, as a clinical medical science, we must systematically study. Doing that, we will borrow from and pose problems for all the life sciences. New knowledge about how cells and biological systems acquire, code, and exchange information challenges all of medicine.—Daniel X. Freedman, MD, 19921

What fascinated me most was how intimate relationships and the desire for being with the other precede the rest of cognitive development, and that this social motivation moves these other achievements forward, including meta-representation and theories about other minds. This intuitive, deeply encoded social orientation is first expressed in the mother's arms and then forms the basis for all future I-Thou relationships.—Donald J. Cohen, MD, 20012

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